- Livestock Sectors
The EFSA Animal Health and Welfare panel have received a request from the EU commission to provide a “Scientific opinion concerning a multifactorial approach on the use of animal and non-animal based measures to assess the welfare of pigs” EFSA-Q-2013-00667 The deadline for completion is 30/04/2014 http://registerofquestions.efsa.europa.eu/roqFrontend/questionsListLoader?unit=AHAW
A group of seven European research institutions, including Scotland’s Rural College and Newcastle University, have been awarded €2.5M for their collaborative project ‘FareWellDock’. They hope that by decreasing tail biting risk through environmental enrichment and developing better early warning tools of impending problems they can help farmers to stop tail docking. The project which aims to end tail docking of pigs was launched in September 2013. For further information see http://www.sruc.ac.uk/news/article/564/new_project_aims_to_end_tail_docking; farewelldock.eu
STAR-IDAZ members identified Vaccinology as one of the areas requiring collaborative activities at a global level. The BBSRC as part of work-package 4 is conducting a survey of global research activities, gaps and future needs in Veterinary Vaccinology to inform the development of future collaborative activities and identify potential members and key stakeholders for a Network in veterinary vaccinology. If you work or fund work in this area please follow the link to contribute. Please make sure your country’s needs are represented! Survey link: http://www.keysurvey.co.uk/f/489964/6ae7/
Over two thirds of all human infectious diseases have their origins in animals. The rate at which these zoonotic diseases have appeared in people has increased over the past 40 years, with at least 43 newly identified outbreaks since 2004. In 2012, outbreaks included Ebola in Uganda, yellow fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Mauritania.
Zoonotic diseases have a huge impact – and a disproportionate one on the poorest people in the poorest countries. In low-income countries, 20% of human sickness and death is due to zoonoses. Poor people suffer further when development implications are not factored into disease planning and response strategies.
A new, integrated ‘One Health’ approach to zoonoses that moves away from top-down disease-focused intervention is urgently needed. With this, we can put people first by factoring development implications into disease preparation and response strategies – and so move from panic to planning.
To download the full publication visit http://www.ids.ac.uk/publication/zoonoses-from-panic-to-planning
[SOURCE: Institute of Development Studies]